Mount St. Joseph University

Cincinnati Shakespeare to Perform ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ April 16 at 7 p.m.

Dateline: student newspaper

By: Elizabeth Bookser Barkley

File Under: a midsummer night's dream, play, shakespeare

Liz Mason standing next to Shakespeare cutout.

The Mount will host a cast of dukes, queens, traveling players and fairies on the stage of the College theatre on Wednesday evening, April 16.

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company will perform William Shakespeare’s comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream at 7 p.m. that night.

The performance is free and open to the public, but tickets are required for admission.

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is a resident ensemble theatre company dedicated to bringing Shakespeare and the classics to life for audiences of all ages. This year is the 20th anniversary of the company.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream features some of Shakespeare’s best known characters, including Oberon, the fairy king, and Titania, his queen. The most mischievous member of the cast is Puck, who causes havoc in the forest by spreading the juice of a magic flower on the eyes of unsuspecting people who fall in love with the first person they see when they awake.

Marilyn Serraino, associate professor of English at the Mount who teaches a course called Shakespeare in Love, explains the centuries-long appeal of Shakespeare’s plays.

“Sometimes he sends his characters ‘into the woods’ to cavort with spirits and fools, so that stripped of conventions we can see them as they really are, in this case giddy youths ‘in love with love,’” she explains.

In one comic scene from the play, Puck has spread the magic juice over the eyes of one of the traveling players, Bottom, whose head has been transformed to the head of an ass.

“What is more fun than watching Bottom, who acts like an ass in his everyday relations, suddenly begin to look like an ass, braying and growing ears right before our eyes,” says Serraino. “Above all, Shakespeare wanted to entertain his audience, and his plays remain entertaining, because some things never change.”

The night of the production, theatergoers are invited to Take a Pic with the Poet, a life-size cutout of William Shakespeare that will be in the lobby. The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company cast will join the audience in the lobby after the play.

To reserve a ticket, call Carol Herzog at 244-4863 or email her at Members of the Mount community may pick up tickets in Music 17.

The program is free because of a grant the College received to support the production: ArtsWave Presents Cincinnati Shakespeare Company performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the College of Mount St. Joseph, sponsored by The Jacob G. Schmidlapp Trusts, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee.

Image: Dr. Elizabeth Mason of the Mount’s English faculty poses with the Shakespeare cutout that will be available in the lobby for “selfies” the night of the production.